Agriculture

FDA Wants to Address Udder Confusion on Milk Labeling Rules

The FDA is taking the first step in deciding if products from plant-based sources, like almonds or cashews, should be allowed to be labeled “milk” when the source isn’t a cow or other animal.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he expects lawsuits against the FDA on the issue and will begin the decision process “very soon,” he said at a Politico Pro event in Washington today. He said the process will most likely take a year or more to finalize.

House Farm Bill SNAP Work Rules Unacceptable, Stabenow Says

House lawmakers are likely to vote next week to try to hammer out differences with the Senate over the farm bill, but a top Democratic farm senator said the House bill includes food stamp work requirements the Senate won’t accept.

Farm Bill Conference ‘Probably Not This Week,’ Stabenow Says

The next step forward for the farm bill, a motion to proceed to conference, is unlikely this week, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee’s top Democrat said.

Swift Senate Farm Bill Passage Hopes Hit Rubio Roadblock

A plan to move quickly on the farm bill in Senate was held up by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who threatened to block any new amendments from the measure unless a dispute over Cuba trade is resolved.

Sweeping Food Stamp Changes Seen Unlikely in Final Farm Bill

The next farm bill is likely to include changes to the food stamp program, but broad provisions in the House measure to tighten work requirements won’t make the cut in the Senate, anti-spending and food aid proponents agreed.

In/Site: Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)

On Thursday, June 21st, Bloomberg Government will hosted a client-exclusive breakfast with Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). Senator Moran is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including FY19 appropriations, VA reforms and the farm bill.

Conservatives May Withhold Support in Farm Bill Revote

Conservative lawmakers remain non-committal a week before the deadline to revive the House farm bill after its May defeat over an unrelated immigration bill and tighter eligibility rules for federal food assistance.

Rep. David Brat (R-Va.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters June 15 that he was still undecided on whether to support the farm bill.